Cushnie Pre-Fall 2019

A Cartier ad, an Eddie Murphy movie and Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. It sounds like a mixed bag of references, yet Carly Cushnie managed to extract a common thread of opulence to inform her lovely pre-fall collection, brimming with sensual dresses for which the brand is known and a key expansion of daywear.
The Cartier ad was by Jean Larivière in the Fifties, where a leopard slinks its way inside a store, representing a type of otherworldly glamour you can only dream of. It led the designer to think about the late Eighties comedy “Coming to America,” where Murphy plays a prince coming to New York from a made-up African country. Mixed together, they provided Cushnie with a recipe for light Eighties silhouettes and overall posh gloss, seen in exaggerated shoulders throughout and the draped tulle sleeves of a fabulous little black dress.
Cai Guo-Qiang’s “Heritage” piece of 99 animals sharing a watering hole informed the color palette and use of mixed prints. The mixed print dresses and skirts were the most captivating upon first glance, featuring asymmetric construction offsetting animal prints, colorblocking and pleats. But monotone dresses with sculptural lines and fluid construction proved to be more seductive, like a red

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Cushnie et Ochs RTW Fall 2018

In 2007, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs first appeared on the cover of WWD with their senior collections from Parsons, where Ochs won Designer of the Year and Cushnie was runner-up. A year later, they launched their own label together, making fall 2018 their 10th anniversary show, staged at the vast, raw urban space at Pier 17 overlooking the East River and lower Manhattan. “It feels good to take a step back and celebrate being in New York,” Cushnie said backstage. “We met in New York, we built our business in New York, 95 percent of our ready-to-wear is produced in New York,” added Ochs. “It really feels like a home moment for us.”
The collection wasn’t a look back in any way — the brand’s core of sleek, minimalist sexiness has been firm since the beginning — but it did come full circle. Zaha Hadid’s smooth architectural curves inspired this lineup, as they did Ochs’ graduate collection in 2007. “I wanted to bring Zaha Hadid into it without making it too hard or too architectural,” she told WWD at the time.
It felt like the same principles applied for fall 2018 as the models emerged from behind a scrim in evening silhouettes that skimmed

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Michelle Obama Wears Cushnie et Ochs Dress to the 2017 ESPY Awards

Check out photos of Michelle Obama’s little black dress by Cushnie et Ochs that she wore to the 2017 ESPY Awards.
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